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WHSmith to shut on Hawick high street

Hawick High Street has suffered another major blow with the revelation that stationer WHSmith will close its store at the end of the year.

A spokesperson confirmed that it is due to shut its doors at the end of December. However the statement added that if alternative premises in the town became available they would look into it.

Scottish Borders councillor Watson McAteer, who has been spearheading the High Street regeneration plans in Hawick, said:

“The news that WHSmith plan to close the doors of their High Street shop at the end of December is very bad news for Hawick. This has just made our regeneration ambitions much more difficult."

– Cllr Watson McAteer

Vandals target Borders town

Nine vehicles were vandalised on the same Hawick street causing two thousand pounds of damage.

The attacks were carried out on Ivanhoe terrace between Thursday and Saturday.

Police Scotland have launched an investigation and are have appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

All the vehicles were badly scratched.

"This was a mindless act of destruction that resulted in high-value damage to a number of vehicles. "We would urge anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in Ivanhoe Terrace between Thursday and Saturday to contact police immediately.

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

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New exhibitions at Hawick Museum

Two new exhibitions by local artists are on display at Hawick Museum.

Hills, Lochs and Ruins Credit: Kenneth Allen

Hills, Lochs and Ruins is an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Hawick-based artist, Kenneth Allen, who was born in Peebles.

His work is influenced by the Scottish Borders, and depicts well-known ancient ruins from the landscape.

Kenneth’s exhibition can be found in the Entrance Hall.

Caught in Clay Credit: Clair Norris

Caught in Clay by Clair Norris from Yetholm features two and three dimensional ceramic pieces, including tiles, bowls, vessels and mosaics.

A major influence on Clair’s work has been the landscape of the Scottish Borders, reflecting the variety of moods, light, line and patterns.

She has led summer workshops to produce work on local themes which will also be displayed in her exhibition, that's being held in the Waterfall Gallery.

Medication stolen from property in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders have issued a warning after a quantity of strong medication was stolen from a property in Hawick.

A house in Trinity Street was broken into at about 9pm on Saturday, 16 August.

Several items were stolen, including a number of packets of Methylphenidate medication.

Anyone who comes across the pills is asked to hand them in to the nearest police station.

"These tablets are only meant for consumption by the individual they are prescribed to and can have significant health implications if taken by anyone else.

"We would ask anyone who finds the medication to hand it over to police as soon as possible."

– Police Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

30th Hawick Summer Festival starts

A programme of guided walks, live music and parties gets underway in Hawick today for the Hawick Summer Festival.

Organisers say there is "something for everyone" over the next nine days at the 30th consecutive festival in the town.

Among the events taking place is the crowning of a Flower Princess, a hike to Fatlips Castle and a gig with local bands Scocha and The Joe Mangels Band.

"Each year we continue to strive to keep the programme fresh and entertaining for everyone. There are a host of new activities on offer including special events in Wilton Lodge Park, a Ladies Pamper night and a Comedy Evening."

– Gerry Monaghan, Chairman

Our reporter Jenny Longden is in the Borders to find out what's happening..

The week long event starts tonight, Friday 15 August, at 7pm.

Europe and Hawick share a passion for dancing

Folk dancing as you've never seen it before has been taking place in the Borders this week. A dance group from Hawick have been hosting children from Belgium and Lithuania to take part in a Youth International Dance Festival.

It gives the children a chance to share traditional dancing techniques, and form lifelong friendships. Jenny Longden reports.

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Hawick stages Youth International Dance Festival

Hawick Youth international Dance Festival Credit: ITV Border

Hawick has welcomed 60 young folk dancers from Lithuania and Belgium. Aged between nine and 18, the visitors are staying with host families and have been performing around the Hawick area.

Dancers from Lithuania Credit: ITV Border
Hawick dancers Credit: ITV Border

Teries in Tartan, who put together the program, aims to create international friendships and build on current friendships following a recent visit to Lithuania.

Dancers from Belgium Credit: ITV Border

18-year-old dies after falling into silo

Police are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive

An 18-year-old man has died after falling into a silo near Hawick.

Police were called to a farm near Denholm at 9:00am this morning, Friday 1 August.

"Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland

Horse left injured after it's attacked in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.

The incident happened sometime between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 July in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.

The animal suffered two large cuts to its legs, which have required veterinary treatment.

"These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.

"Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Officers are asking any one with information about the incident to contact them on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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